December 3-9th, 2018, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one-hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. Throughout participating websites, you’ll find a variety of self-guided tutorials that say “anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone”. You’ll even find unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.
Coding–that mystical geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike. Confess, when you think of coding, you see:
…when you should see
It feels like:
When it should feel like:
Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one-hour introduction to coding, programming, and why students should love it. It’s designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. If you’re not sold 100% on the importance of computer science in a student’s future, watch this video:
Coding is a great tie-in to Common Core Math Standards. Anytime I can show students how to complete math skills without doing math, it’s a plus (because they don’t expect a discussion on problem-solving or Minecraft to help with math).
Over the next few weeks, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for your Hour of Code. This includes (links won’t work until the articles are posted):
- Augmented Reality with Metaverse
- 10 Unusual Hour of Code Projects
- Lesson Plans for Hour of Code by Grade
- Websites and Apps to Support Hour of Code
- Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective
Also: Check out these posts from previous years:
- 3D Tin website review
- 10 ways to use QR Codes for Hour of Code
- Coding and US Security (Navajo Code Talkers)
- Hour of Code–Is it the right choice?
- Build Websites
- Minecraft Review
- PrimoToys–unplugged programming for youngers
- Scratch Jr.
Hour of Code lesson plans
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.